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....of person.  And that’s kind of the way I see him.”

Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC)Vincent Irizarry (David, AMC)

“He’s a go-getter. He likes to define his own rules.   The end justifies the means.  He’ll go to the death defending people he loves and cares about.”

Robin Strasser ((Dorian, OLTL)

“Now, that I’ve been playing the part on and off for 27 years it means that maybe there’s a portrait in the closet , but I hope it never gets discovered.”

Jerry Ver Dorn (Clint, OLTL)

“It means a lot because I remember seeing the original Clint a long time ago and I knew he was part of the Buchanan family, one of the tent pole families on the show.  Both names Clint and Buchanan mean a lot to me, because it’s history.”

Jeanne Cooper (Katherine Chancellor, Y&R)

“Katherine Chancellor represents power. What I love about it is that the name has become a brand name.  And that’s why I like it so much. I’ve done it for so long, they don’t call me Jeanne or Miss Cooper.  It’s fine because I know who they’re talking about.”

Joe Mascolo (Massimo, B&B)

“It means 13 letters. And that’s lucky, because my name has 13 letters.  The character I played on Days had 13 letters.  And when I came on this show, Brad Bell invented the name and he created the role with me in mind, so I said, ‘Let’s get 13 letters in there.’ And he came up with Massimo and I came up with Marone.  I said, ‘Okay now we got it, 13 letters.’”

Kate Linder (Esther, Y&R)

“The character’s name is very interesting because in the very beginning I didn’t have a name.  One day as we were rehearsing, Jeanne called me Esther.  I fortunately responded.  Some of the other characters/actors started calling me that and then the writers started writing it and so I became Esther, but I didn’t have a last name.  We had a national contest for the last name and Bill Bell went through all the entries and came to me and said, ‘You’ve got 2 choices.’ It was Valentine or Diamond.  And, I thought that Valentine just fit her better.  I was married on Valentine’s Day and I thought it would bring me good luck. And, it most certainly did because here we are 24 years later.”

Eric Martsolf (Ethan, Passioins)Eric Martsolf (Ethan, Passions)

“Ethan Winthrop is to me, my bread and butter. Without Ethan I can’t support my twins or my family so he’s one of the most important people in the world to me right now.  It’s more of what the position and the character stands for in my life, that’s the significance of it.”

Dylan Fergus (Noah, Passions)

“Noah being such a biblical name, what does it mean that Noah is basically the one who saved this and how do you kind of play with that in reference to what’s going on.  Noah has a tendency to stumble and save people.  I think his name is very apropos for what’s going on. The name gives the character a little more righteousness.  I think Noah is the kind of a character that is really trying to do the right thing.  And really is trying to find a sense of honor and truth and all those big wonderful things that you can really only deal with in soap operas.  My name was originally Ned. When we met Noah Bennett on the show his name was Ned.  No offense against anyone named Ned, but I like Noah a little better.”

Amelia Heinle (Victoria, Y&R)

“Victoria, I think it means victorious. She tries to be victorious with everything that she does and being number one at everything that she does.  And, I like how the family is Victor, Victoria, Nikki and Nicholas.  It cracks me up. I know a family that did that with their kids, it’s just an extension of the love, I guess.”

Greg Rikaart (Kevin, Y&R)

“I think he’s a Kevin, meaning that the name fits him well.  Not that I know any grandiose significance about the name. I find the name fitting. And it’s made for some nice nicknames on set.  A lot of people call me fish...



 

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